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    can may for permission

    The key to an excercise I did suggested may in the following sentence:
    Guests may leave their valuables at the hotel safe.
    What would be the connotation of can used here, if possible?
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    Re: can may for permission

    Quote Originally Posted by licinio View Post
    The key to an excercise I did suggested "may" in the following sentence:
    "Guests may leave their valuables at the hotel safe."
    What would be the connotation of can used here, if possible?
    Thanks,
    Andrea
    'Can' is often used for 'may' in real life. In the sentence you've given there is no difference in connotation. But in other sentences there can be.

    Andrea, please try to learn to use quotes for can or words or sentences that you're quoting. It can take quite a while to work out the meaning of a sentence with can where you don't expect it.
    Two of the three 'cans' in the above passage should be quoted.

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